Managing Partner-Elect, Plante Moran
Jim was recently elected managing partner at Plante Moran. His term begins on July 1, 2017, as Gordon Krater, the firm’s current managing partner, concludes eight years as leader of one of the nation’s largest certified public accounting and business advisory firms.
In Jim's current role as Group Managing Partner, he leads client service, growth, and people development for the firm’s industry-focused practice areas. These include construction & real estate, financial Institutions, government, education, healthcare, manufacturing & distribution, not-for-profit, retail dealers, service companies, private equity, and wealth management.
Throughout his career, Jim has held a number of leadership positions with the firm. Prior to his current role, Jim led the firm’s client service groups, including assurance, tax, management consulting, Plante Moran Financial Advisors, and Plante Moran CRESA. Here he was instrumental in leading the group through the creation of a number of new services, including Plante Moran Group Benefit Advisors, the Enterprise Risk Management group, Plante Moran Global Services, and development of the firm’s Shanghai, Monterey, and Mumbai offices. Earlier in his career, Jim also served as office managing partner of the firm’s Ann Arbor location.
Jim has more than 25 years of public accounting experience, serving clients primarily in the manufacturing and higher education industries. Specific experience includes audit services, business and personal tax consulting, as well as serving as an advisory board member to several clients. He has a B.B.A. from University of Michigan.